Breaking down the Broncos' game

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Random thoughts from Denver's 27-13 loss at Seattle on Saturday night:

  • Kyle Orton wasn't perfect, but he was much better against Seattle than he was against San Francisco, where he threw interceptions on three straight series.

  • Orton completed 18 of 26 passes for 182 yards. He threw one interception. Orton played into the third quarter. It is clear Orton will be given every opportunity to keep his starting job.

  • Defensive lineman Kenny Peterson had two sacks and now has three sacks in two games.
    Newly acquired defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith played extensively. The former New England backup has a chance for major playing time.

  • Speaking of New England, former Patriots backup Jabar Gaffney is becoming a favorite target of Orton's. The longer the Brandon Marshall saga goes on, the more opportunities Gaffney will get with the first team.

  • Rookie Kenny McKinley has been good in the receiving game, but he had issues keeping his hands on the ball in the return game against Seattle.

  • Struggling kicker Matt Prater came through with a 53-yard field goal. That could go a long way in helping him make the team.

  • Denver's run defense bounced back and allowed Seattle just 72 yards. The run defense has been one of Denver's biggest problems.